How to Delete Imessage Conversations on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

How to Delete iMessage Conversations on Mac

Welcome to this tutorial on how to delete iMessage conversations on your Mac. If you’re looking for a way to clear up clutter or simply want a fresh start, deleting unwanted iMessage conversations can be a great solution. In this article, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of deleting iMessage conversations on your Mac.

Step 1: Launch the Messages App

To get started, open the Messages app on your Mac. You can find it in the Dock or by using Spotlight Search.

Step 2: View Your Conversations

Once you have the Messages app open, you’ll see a list of your recent conversations displayed in the main window. Take a moment to locate the conversation(s) you want to delete.


If you have a lot of conversations and need help finding a specific one, you can use the search bar at the top-right corner of the Messages app window to search for keywords or contact names.

Step 3: Select Conversations to Delete

To select multiple conversations at once, hold down the Command key while clicking on each conversation. Alternatively, you can select individual conversations by clicking on them one by one.


If there are certain portions within a conversation that you wish to keep, make sure not to select those parts when making your selection.

Step 4: Delete Selected Conversations

After selecting all the desired conversations, right-click on any of them and choose “Delete” from the context menu that appears.

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, you can press the Command and Delete keys simultaneously to delete the selected conversations.

Step 5: Confirm Deletion

A confirmation dialog will appear asking if you want to delete the selected conversations. Click on “Delete” to proceed.

Note: Once a conversation is deleted, it cannot be recovered. Make sure you have selected the correct conversations before confirming deletion.

Step 6: Verify Deletion

To ensure that your conversations have been successfully deleted, check the Messages app window again. The selected conversations should no longer be visible in your conversation list.

Congratulations! You have successfully deleted iMessage conversations on your Mac. Repeat these steps as needed to delete any additional conversations.


  • If you only want to remove specific messages within a conversation instead of deleting the entire conversation, you can select those messages and press the Delete key or right-click and choose “Delete”.
  • If you accidentally delete a conversation and need it back, check if you have a backup through Time Machine or other backup methods and restore it accordingly.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through deleting iMessage conversations on your Mac. Enjoy a clutter-free messaging experience!

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